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Reset Needed

The elementary school building where I work is loaded with SMART technology. For instance, the lights in almost every room are activated when they sense motion. After a period of inactivity, they turn themselves off. The outside doors have no keys; your teacher ID badge unlocks them when you hold it up to a reader.

A few of our summer school teachers are from other schools, and as a lead teacher it’s my job to get them building access. So I notified the district and asked them to program the new teacher fobs to open our doors. I received an email later that day saying everyone was good to go.

But they really weren’t. One of the new teachers tested her fob. The pad beeped, but the locks didn’t disengage. I contacted the district tech people and they promised to look into the problem ASAP. A short time later I received another email.

“The building access control system was down. The doors only recognized the IDs authorized before that time. System has been reset and is back online. The new teachers should have access.”

I know it worked, because people stopped texting me to come let them in!


This kind of thing happens in a Christian’s walk with God as well. Our spiritual system goes offline and we’re stuck remembering only what God said and did before that. The little circle icon spins and spins and a message pops up: _____ is not responding.

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Here’s one of my favorite “offline, to back online” scriptures:

  • system is down

“Do not call to mind the former things, or consider things of the past.” — Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)

  • system is back online

“Behold, I am going to do something new, now it is springing up; Will you not be aware of it? I will make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” — Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

Think with me for a moment how this happens in the Bible:

Noah and the Ark: reset needed. Start building an ark.

Abram: life reboot. Leave your home and travel to a place God shows you. Oh, and your new name is Abraham.

Christ’s twelve disciples (plus Paul): total system restart. A new life with a new purpose.

There WILL be resets and reboots in our walk with God. Are we ready? It’s good to remember God’s last instructions. But it’s GREAT to pray, “Lord, what’s next?!”


The Journey

Set sail from the shore-with my back to the wind.

Let go of the wheel; put it all in God’s hands.

And drift with the current awhile.

Until Jesus smiles.

By David Duncan


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Postage Due

The faculty prayer group at my school meets every Tuesday morning. Last week, one of my colleagues brought three cards for everyone to sign. Two were get well cards (for other faculty members), and one was a sympathy card for a teacher who recently lost her father.

The dozen or so people who attended our prayer group that day signed the cards, but there was still plenty of room left for more well-wishes. So I asked one of our assistant principals to help spread the word to the rest of our faculty. She sent an email inviting everyone (over 100 staff members) to sign, and left the cards by our head principal’s in-basket.

When I picked up the three cards two days later they were completely covered with handwritten words of encouragement! All that was left to do was to put them in the mail.

But I forgot to bring stamps.

“Maybe I have some in my desk,” I said to myself, hopefully. Now, I’m one of those people who stuffs their desk drawers full of anything that might even REMOTELY be needed in the future. But did I save any stamps?

I foraged through the drawers one at time—rooting around like a frisky ferret. Nothing. Finally, I checked the top middle drawer. And right there in the tray, next to the paper clips, were some first class forever stamps.

Wanna guess how many?

Not two, not four but THREE. Exactly the number I needed! I said a joyful, “Thank you, Jesus!” and got those letters in the mail.

Where God guides, God provides.

The Lord knew all along when I would need those stamps. I can’t even remember when I left them in that drawer! But they were still there when the time came.

I’m not saying the creator of the universe is like a gumball machine. But He DOES get the job done—especially when His glory is at stake (Isaiah 48:11b).

It’s impressive that God also used three people, who each filled distinct roles, to make this ministry opportunity happen. One thoughtful teacher provided the cards, our assistant principal got out the word, and I put them in the mail.

“By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped” Ecclesiastes 4:12

Do you have any “three stranded rope” friends in your life? I hope so. Humans (especially Christian ones) are designed for interdependence—not just with God, but also with each other (Romans 12:19).

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Six Strings and a Prayer

“We live by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

Once, when I was barely scraping by as an associate pastor, I asked God to help me find some money. I needed $300 fast, and the only way I knew to get it was to sell my beloved guitar. I told a local music shop owner my instrument was for sale, then restrung my guitar and polished it up. I sat it on a stand and prayed with true faith, “There it is, Lord…”

About five minutes later, the shop owner called. Someone was in his store looking for a guitar like mine! I brought my instrument to the shop and sold it to a gentleman on the spot for $400. The money was enough to cover my need, plus buy another guitar (less fancy, of course) to get me by.

God orchestrated the entire transaction!

As often happens here on Word Press, it was another blogger’s post that jogged my memory. Marie, from Blog with Marie, helped me remember a spiritual marker of my own.

She wrote about misplacing a heart shaped ring her mother gave her upon the birth of her first child. It wasn’t an expensive piece of jewelry, but held great sentimental value. Marie retraced her steps, praying to God all the while that He would show her where it was.

Did she find it? Click or tap over to her excellent post to find out!

Happy Friday ~ The Ring

I close with Marie’s parting thought–one that prompted this ENTIRE post:

“Have you had a similar experience where you asked the Lord to help you locate something and He has? How did it make you feel? I’d love to hear about your experience.”

Tag, kind reader. You’re it! Please share about a time when God came through for you.

🙏❤️ prayers and love.


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